Officers & Directors


Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Thomas M. Vertin
President & Chief Executive Officer

Thomas M. Vertin has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2016. Mr. Vertin was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank on January 1, 2016, and prior to that served as the President of the Commercial Bank Division since September 2012. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Vertin held senior executive positions at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, including Chief Operating Officer and Head of the California Division. Mr. Vertin led three turn-arounds during his 18 years with SVB and has more than 30 years of banking experience. As a result, Mr. Vertin brings extensive leadership and banking experience to our Board. Mr. Vertin's extended career in banking as well as his broad and deep banking industry and bank regulatory experience are important attributes that support our Board of Directors. In addition, the Board of Directors values Mr. Vertin's in-depth knowledge of the Company through his position as our President and Chief Executive Officer, including with respect to its operations, strategy, financial condition and competitive position.

Robert S. Anderson
EVP / Chief Banking Officer

Robert Anderson joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in 2013 as Executive Vice President/Asset Based Lending and was promoted to Chief Banking Officer in January 2017. During Mr. Anderson's time at the bank he has helped to build our asset-based lending division and has helped to pursue new growth opportunities through the development of new products and services and the entrance into new markets. Prior to joining the bank, Mr. Anderson spent 17 years with Silicon Valley Bank, where he started his banking career. Mr. Anderson held various positions at Silicon Valley Bank, most recently overseeing the Orange County office, at which he was responsible for their banking and lending relationships in the technology, life science and clean tech markets.

Curtis Birkmann
EVP/Chief Technology Officer

Curtis Birkmann joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in August 2015 as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in January 2016. Prior to joining the bank, Mr. Birkmann was Chief Information Officer at Bank of Manhattan, N.A. for five years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Birkmann spent 16 years with Corcen Data International Inc., working for the United States Army’s Strategic Battle Command, as a Senior Software Engineer and Senior Program Manager.

Curt A. Christianssen
EVP/Chief Financial Officer

Curt A. Christianssen joined Pacific Mercantile Bancorp and the Bank as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2015, a role in which he had served on an interim basis since December, 2013. He also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Carpenter Community BancFund, a private equity-funded bank holding company, CCFW, Inc. d/b/a Carpenter & Company, a bank consulting firm, and Seapower Carpenter Capital, Inc., a broker/dealer subsidiary of CCFW. Prior to beginning in the interim role, Mr. Christianssen served in a similar interim role at Manhattan Bancorp and the Bank of Manhattan since 2012.  He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Carpenter Community BancFund since 1999. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Christianssen served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Development for Dartmouth Capital Group and Eldorado Bancshares, Inc. From 1993 until its acquisition in 1996 by Eldorado Bancshares, Mr. Christianssen served as Chief Financial Officer of Liberty National Bank. Mr. Christianssen had previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Olympic National Bank from 1991 to 1993, as Chief Financial Officer of two financial institutions under the control of the Resolution Trust Corporation and as a Senior Management Consultant with the Ernst & Young firm. In addition, Mr. Christianssen served in a variety of financial positions with Continental Ministries and Colorado National Bancshares.

Thomas J. Inserra
EVP / Chief Credit Officer

Thomas Inserra joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in May 2016. Mr. Inserra leads all credit functions for the Bank, with the goal of supporting PMB’s growth initiatives in a manner that achieves high quality, reliable earnings for shareholders while also serving the local business community’s need for capital in support of their growth objectives. With over 25 years of banking experience, Mr. Inserra’s background includes significant executive leadership roles in commercial banking credit, as a credit risk advisor to financial institutions, and as a Washington, D.C.-based federal banking regulator. Most recently he served as EVP and SVP with Susquehanna Bank and Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., an $18 billion bank and holding company. Mr. Inserra previously held leadership roles with Citibank, FDIC and Household International.

Maxwell G. Sinclair
EVP/Chief Compliance Officer

Maxwell G. Sinclair has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the Company and the Bank since January 2011. Prior to joining Pacific Mercantile Bank, Mr. Sinclair served as Vice President/Compliance and BSA Manager at Zions Bancorporation subsidiary California Bank & Trust from December 2005 to January 2011. During his five years at Zions Bancorporation (California Bank & Trust), Mr. Sinclair held various other positions in compliance and risk management. Mr. Sinclair has more than 23 years of experience in the banking industry, with most of his years of experience in compliance and audit and risk management.

Board of Directors

Edward J. Carpenter
Chairman of the Board

Edward J. Carpenter has served as the Chairman of the Board and a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. Mr. Carpenter is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter & Company, a Managing Member of the General Partner of the Carpenter Funds and Chair of their Investment and Governance Committee. Since founding Carpenter & Company in 1974, he led the firm as it developed its financial institutions practice, its asset management, and its investment banking services. Mr. Carpenter has served as a member of legislative review committees for California and federal bank regulatory bodies including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. and on advisory boards for the California Department of Corporations and the California State Banking Department. Mr. Carpenter has served on the board of directors for numerous banks located throughout the nation. Mr. Carpenter also is a trustee of Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School and a member of the board of directors of the International Medical Corps. Mr. Carpenter is the past Chair of the California Institute, Vice-Chair of the California Statewide University Foundation and a board member of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Mr. Carpenter received his BBA from Loyola Marymount University and his MBA from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Carpenter was elected to our Board of Directors, and has been selected as a director nominee, pursuant to an agreement entered into with the Company, which grants to the Carpenter Funds the right to designate three individuals for election to our Board of Directors, subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement. Mr. Carpenter's extensive career in various facets of the banking industry, along with his analytical, communication and managerial skills, his deep understanding of the banking industry and extensive contact with senior management of hundreds of banking companies and federal regulators are valuable attributes for our Board of Directors.

Romir Bosu
Director

Romir Bosu has served as a member of the Board of Directors since February 2015. Mr. Bosu founded in 2014 and is Chairman of the Board of Nadavon Capital Partners, Inc., a firm focused on making strategic investments in the financial technology sector. Mr. Bosu founded and was the Chief Executive Officer from 1995 through 2014 of Compushare, a financial technology management company focused on serving community-based financial institutions. After amassing a customer base of more than 1,000 financial institutions across the United States, Compushare was acquired by D+H, a financial technology company based in Canada in 2013. Following the acquisition of Compushare by D+H, Mr. Bosu served on the U.S. Advisory Board for D+H. Mr. Bosu has served on the board of the Association for Financial Technology and often speaks to groups of community financial institution executives on the topics of technology and regulatory compliance. Mr. Bosu also previously served on the board of Caneum, Inc., a global provider of business process and information technology outsourcing services. Mr. Bosu's extensive information technology background adds critical technology and systems management experience to our Board of Directors.

John D. Flemming
Director

John D. Flemming has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. Since 1991, Mr. Flemming has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carpenter & Company and a Managing Member of the General Partner of the Carpenter Funds. Mr. Flemming has been associated with Carpenter & Company for over 20 years, and today oversees all activities of the firm. During his tenure at Carpenter & Company, Mr. Flemming has built, managed and supervised the government asset management practice, the broker/dealer subsidiary, the investment banking function, and private equity activities of the firm. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Flemming served as a director of Manhattan Bancorp and its bank subsidiary, Bank of Manhattan, N.A., and chaired its Compensation Committee. Mr. Flemming is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds General Securities Principal and Representative licenses. Mr. Flemming was elected to our Board of Directors, and has been selected as a director nominee, pursuant to an agreement entered into with the Company, which grants to the Carpenter Funds the right to designate three individuals for election to our Board of Directors, subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement. Mr. Flemming possesses strong analytical, structuring, communication and managerial skills, as well as a strong strategic understanding of the banking industry and contact with senior management of hundreds of banking companies and federal regulators .

Michael P. Hoopis
Chairman of the Compensation Committee

Michael P. Hoopis Michael P. Hoopis has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. Since March 2016, Mr. Hoopis is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of 4 Cornrs Business Advisory, LLC, a consulting company focusing on advising businesses, Boards and executives on strategic planning and value creation. Previously, Mr. Hoopis served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Targus Group International, Inc. (“Targus Group”), a worldwide leader in the manufacture and marketing of cases and accessories for laptop computers, tablets and e-readers, from 2006 to February 2016. In February 2016, Mr. Hoopis served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Targus Cayman Holdco Limited, the ultimate parent of Targus International LLC (“Targus International”), a newly formed operating company for the ongoing Targus assets. In February 2016, in lieu of a bankruptcy proceeding, Targus International acquired the operating assets of Targus Group through a publicly noticed foreclosure process under the Uniform Commercial Code and Targus Group's former parent companies filed consensual prepackaged Chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to finalize the orderly winddown of its remaining operations. Targus International's business and operations were not impacted by the Chapter 11 proceedings involving Targus Group. Prior to joining Targus Group, Mr. Hoopis served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Water Pik Technologies, Inc. for seven years and was responsible for overseeing the spin-off and transition of Water Pik from a segment of Allegheny Teledyne to a public company in 1999. Prior to joining Water Pik, Mr. Hoopis held several executive management positions at Black & Decker from 1989 to1998, including President of Worldwide Household Products, Price Pfister, Inc. and Kwikset Corporation. Prior to joining Black & Decker, Mr. Hoopis held several management positions with Beatrice Foods Inc. Mr. Hoopis earned his B.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Hoopis was elected to our Board of Directors, and has been selected as a director nominee, pursuant to an agreement entered into with the Company, which grants to the Carpenter Funds the right to designate three individuals for election to our Board of Directors, subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement. Mr. Hoopis's extensive leadership and managerial experience enables him to provide valuable insights to our Board of Directors into how to manage risk in a business environment.

Denis P. Kalscheur
Director

Denis P. Kalscheur has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2015. Since January 2017, Mr. Kalscheur has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Avolon Holdings Limited, a global commercial jet aircraft leasing company. From January 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Kalscheur served as Vice Chairman of Aviation Capital Group (“ACG”), a global commercial jet aircraft leasing firm and wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Life, a leading U.S. life insurance enterprise, and a member of ACG's Board of Directors. Mr. Kalscheur served as ACG’s CEO and a Director from January 2013 to December 2016. Mr. Kalscheur served as SVP and Treasurer of Pacific Life from 2010 through 2012. Mr. Kalscheur also had significant roles with College Savings Bank, a New Jersey chartered savings bank and wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Life, including serving as a Director (2002-2012), Audit Committee Chairman (2003-2007) and Chairman of the Board (2010-2012). Prior to joining Pacific Life, Mr. Kalscheur was a senior executive with an insurance technology firm and held a number of senior financial executive roles in airline and aerospace industry firms. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Elsinore Aerospace, a global aviation engineering and certification, maintenance, modification and quality management company. He served as Chief Financial Officer of U.S. passenger airline AirCal and its parent, ACI Holdings. Mr. Kalscheur began his airline industry career as Vice President and Treasurer of Tiger International, a global diversified transportation company and its wholly owned subsidiary Flying Tiger, a global cargo airline. Mr. Kalscheur's extensive finance background and his decade of experience as a director of College Savings Bank adds sound industry experience to our Board of Directors.

David J. Munio
Director

David J. Munio has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2015. Mr. Munio has more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry. After many years in senior executive positions at First Interstate Bank, Mr. Munio's banking career culminated with five years of service as the Chief Credit Officer of Wells Fargo & Company. Following his retirement from Wells Fargo, he served as director and Chairman of the Credit Policy Committee of CapitalSource Bank prior to its merger in 2014 with Pacific Western Bancorp. Mr. Munio joined Wells Fargo in 1996 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer from 2001 until his retirement in 2006. In this role, he was responsible for all credit policy and oversight for the bank, and also served on the board of directors at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Mr. Munio joined Wells Fargo as a result of its acquisition of First Interstate Bank in 1996. During his 20-year career at First Interstate Bank, Mr. Munio served in a number of senior management positions including Executive Vice President - Credit Policy and Administration Manager from 1987-1996. Mr. Munio attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics. Mr. Munio's extensive finance background and management experience assist us in understanding the banking environment and will help us better serve our customers.

John Thomas, M.D.
Director

John Thomas, M.D. has served as a director of the Company and the Bank since the respective dates of their inception in 1999 and 2000. Dr. Thomas is a licensed physician who is, and for more than the past 17 years has been, engaged in the private practice of medicine, specializing in Radiation Oncology. He also serves as, and for over 10 years has been, the Medical Director of the Red Bluff Cancer Center, which he founded and has grown into a leading provider of specialty medical services. He is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Radiology and a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology, and served as a member of its Standards Committee for 10 years. He brings to our Board his managerial experience, gained from founding, managing and growing his Cancer Center, which has enabled him to provide valuable insights about how we can better serve our smaller business customers, which include medical practices and medical service providers.

Thomas M. Vertin
Director

Thomas M. Vertin has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2016. Mr. Vertin was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank on January 1, 2016, and prior to that served as the President of the Commercial Bank Division since September 2012. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Vertin held senior executive positions at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, including Chief Operating Officer and Head of the California Division. Mr. Vertin led three turn-arounds during his 18 years with SVB and has more than 30 years of banking experience. As a result, Mr. Vertin brings extensive leadership and banking experience to our Board. Mr. Vertin's extended career in banking as well as his broad and deep banking industry and bank regulatory experience are important attributes that support our Board of Directors. In addition, the Board of Directors values Mr. Vertin's in-depth knowledge of the Company through his position as our President and Chief Executive Officer, including with respect to its operations, strategy, financial condition and competitive position.

Stephen P. Yost
Director

Stephen P. Yost has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2013. He established Kestrel Advisors, a consulting firm that focuses on credit risk management for the banking and financial communities following his retirement from Comerica Bank in 2006. During his 40 plus years in banking, the vast majority of Mr. Yost’s career was in credit administration. He was a Regional Chief Credit Officer for Comerica Bank and the Executive in charge of its Special Assets Group for the Western Region. Mr. Yost was the Chief Credit Officer of Imperial Bank prior to its merger with Comerica. He was also a Senior Credit Officer with First Interstate Bank and Mellon Bank, N.A. Mr. Yost is currently a director for Heritage Oaks Bancorp (Paso Robles, California) and subsidiaries. He is a past director for Manhattan Bancorp (2006-2015) and subsidiaries, and Mission Community Bancorp (2010-2014). Mr. Yost chairs the directors’ Credit Policy Committee of Pacific Mercantile Bank and is a member of several other standing committees. Mr. Yost holds an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Due to his extensive knowledge of bank lending and credit issues, Mr. Yost is a valuable addition to the Board and to the Board’s Credit Policy Committee, which is responsible for establishing lending policies, providing oversight of the Bank’s lending and credit functions and approving the larger loans made by the Bank.